The Women’s British Open is the leading Major Golf Championship recognised by both the Ladies European Tour and the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Begun in 1976, this is only the second time this prestigious event has come to St Andrews and we wanted to share some of our golf photographic images in celebration.
Currently, we have the Lawrence Levy Golf Photography exhibition entitled ‘Making the Cut’ on view in the University’s Main Library, taken from the extensive collection of some 250,000 images of his work. It will be on show through this weekend ending on Monday, 5 August, after having been exhibited since 22 June. So far there have been over 3,000 visits to this marvellous display of all aspects of the sport.
Lawrence Levy travelled the world from 1978 to 1993 taking photographs of golfing events and covering the Women’s British Open throughout the 1980s, capturing key moments of celebration and concentration. He was there when Australian golfer Corinne Dibnah took the crown at the Lindrick Golf Club in 1988. Levy was on hand to photograph Laura Davies, Alison Nicholas, Jan Stephenson and multitudes of others as they took on the tough challenges of the testing courses of the Women’s Open Championship.
Lawrence Levy’s golf photography is part of the University of St Andrews Library Photographic Collection of over 800,000 images beginning from 1839 through to present. The Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews Library is also home to a developing Golf Collection of rare books and manuscripts, designed to support further research and interest in the town’s special relationship with this ancient sport.
Curator of Golf Collections